Selection of Dr. Hoesung Lee as IPCC Chair May Signal Shift of Emphasis to Asia says Friends of Science in Climate Change video with Dr. Madhav Khandekar on Monsoons

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The recent selection of Dr. Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) may signal a shift by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the interests of the 3-4 billion Asians, many of whom live without access to modern power and water supply. Friends of Science adviser Dr. Madhav Khandekar, former research scientist with Environment Canada, discusses living conditions and how long-term records show that Asian monsoons are in keeping with long-term norms.

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Friends of Science Society say that the focus of world climate change policy appears to be making a shift to Asia due to the selection of Dr. Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as the new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as reported on Oct. 6, 2015 by the BBC. Now almost a month into his new term, he faces a daunting mission as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) approaches for the Paris climate talks Nov. 30-Dec 11, 2015.

Dr. Lee is an energy economist and is also on the advisory panel of the Asian Development Bank and also on the board of the Global Green Growth Institute which has offices in South Korea and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

South Korea is also the host nation for the secretariat of the controversial $100 billion dollar a year Green Climate Fund, intended to be tendered to developing nations from the OECD industrialized nations to help them deal with climate change. However, in a Reuters release of Oct 27, 2015, Christiana Figueres, Executive Director of the UNFCCC has upped this ante to include $90 trillion dollars for infrastructure, calling the $100 billion a year “peanuts.”

To better understand conditions in Asia, Friends of Science Communications Manager Michelle Stirling talked with Dr. Madhav Khandekar in a new video “Climate Conversations.”

Khandekar, who grew up in India, is a retired, former research scientist for Environment Canada and past expert reviewer of IPCC reports. Dr. Khandekar recently co-authored the book “About Face!: Why the World Needs More Carbon Dioxide; The Failed Science of Global Warming,” reviewed April 29, 2015 in Quadrant. Dr. Khandekar is also a scientific adviser to Friends of Science Society.

Khandekar has studied the naturally occurring, Asian monsoon phenomenon in depth and says in a recent article in the Financial Post published Sept. 16, 2015 that climate catastrophe claims are not supported by the evidence.

In “Climate Conversations” he says: “Monsoon climate impacts up to 3 billion people and their lives. They are forgotten or ignored and I feel that their view on climate change should be taken into account… “ noting that many millions of people struggle to survive without basic necessities or power and pumped water.

In order for developing nations to reach similar levels of development to the West, substantial increases in the use of fossil fuels will be necessary. Khandekar notes that the West is obsessed with CO2 reduction, but says at present: “The developing countries have a combined carbon footprint which is almost 60% of the total CO2 emissions.”

Western emissions reductions will thus be sacrificial, while developing nations will outpace any such reductions. An op-ed by Shikha Dalmia in The Week of Oct. 26, 2015 paints a gloomy picture of east versus west on ‘climate justice’ but according to Khandekar’s research carbon dioxide reduction is unnecessary and this approach is flawed.

Khandekar says “Reducing CO2 will do nothing for the climate. I have been promoting the idea of climate adaptation strategies.”

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